Téa has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Téa is a yoga enthusiast, and got to show off some of her yoga moves in the movie Spanglish.
Téa is a vegan.
Téa's father is of Italian and Polish extraction, while her Southern-born mother is of Anglo-Saxon ancestry.
Téa went to Oahu to help search for her cousin, Tim Pantaleoni, in summer 1995. He mysteriously vanished while hiking and to this day has never been found.
Téa calls her children: West and Miller. It is tradition in their family, to use the middle names as a first name.
Téa attended Sarah Lawrence College.
Téa planned on majoring in anthropology and/or psychology.
Téa's surname, Leoni, means "lions" in Italian; her full name, Pantaleoni, is quite close to the Italian word for "trousers" (pantaloni).
Téa's paternal grandmother was silent film actress Helenka Adamowska.
Téa auditioned for a Charlie's Angels remake role as a dare, and got the part. A writer's strike in Hollywood meant the series was never made, but the pre-publicity was enough to get Tea noticed.
Her name, Téa, means "goddess."
Téa's first name is pronounced "TAY-uh."
Téa graduated from the Putney School in Putney, VT in 1984.
Téa was married to Neil Tardio from 1992-1995.
Téa's height is 5' 8" (1.73 m).
Téa: Well, I think again, the worst part of it was just leading up to it, before we got on set, at least for me... dreading this idea that I was just going to suck and I really had strong feelings about that. I just didn't want to be that weak link.
Téa: Really it was the first time in my life that I recognized that acting is, I'm just going to say it, I am an artist, I have to do this, I have to do this.
Téa: I was desperate to go back to New York and when 9/11 happened, I feared moving to the bulls-eye and that was very hard because I have a lot of family there and I really had to question what I didn't like about this community.
Téa: I just mean it's very difficult for me to watch my work, in some ways, because I am critical of what I didn't get across or I thought I was making one point.
Téa: I don't mean to be presumptuous that men don't feel this, I don't mean this, but I found that when my child was born, my first child, it felt like my heart broke.
Téa: First of all, returning from motherhood, I was looking for something lighter, and I wasn't as much attracted to Kate as I was to the relationship between the two people.
Téa: It was just this interesting, my first, the first time you hear your child in any way criticise you. It's the worst review of your life and it's really relieving to find out that they don't know what they're saying.
Téa: I don't think, there's no possible way for me, anyway, to play a character that I haven't found some sort of sublime compassion for and I related to Deborah on a way that almost, initially, almost in a way maybe someone in the audience might.
Téa: I guess I am bi-coastal.
Téa: I don't find glamour and clothing relevant.
Téa: Sometimes, I feel that Manhattan in particular has gotten really tame and gentrified or something.
Téa: People don't know this, but early in your career, you don't just glide on to The Tonight Show.
Téa: Jim Brooks is a very powerful director and it was a lot of intense work.
Téa: It's kind of fun to be sexy.
Téa: I've been in a gym probably nine days of my life.
Téa: I'm not quite ready for a no makeup movie.
Téa: I'm not a huge fan of my work.
Téa: I live by a hill. I began walking it and then I began jogging it and then I began sprinting it.
Téa: I have always loathed working out.
Téa: I dress up for awards, but only if somebody else is going to pay for the clothes. And shop for them, too!
Téa: I've never looked at myself as being particularly funny.
Téa: At one point, I had 14 pairs of golf shoes.
Téa: I was one of the most brilliant liars as a child.
Téa: Acting doesn't feel good. It's not comfortable to feel all this stuff, it's not.
Téa: The one thing I think you must do is, as painful as it is as a parent, is listen.
Téa: I thought, you know, I have to say that maybe the whacked out mother is my new favorite role, but I don't want to just do it and become Nurse Ratchett.
Téa: I can tell you that the New York that I see now is not the New York that we grew up in. It's not 1973.
Téa: If I swim in the ocean, I have a shark thought. Not a bad one, but just a little one.
Téa: (on filming the movie Manure) It's all about our relationship to excrement. Our own, others', selling it, making it, smelling it, being offended by it, reveling in it, getting hit with it when it hits the fan.
Téa: It's my impression that with this relatively low infection rate growing, Vietnam is very poised and ready and committed to stopping HIV/AIDS.
Téa: (on the challenge of playing an athlete in Spanglish) I love tennis. I love very aggressive tennis, and I think I'm quite good. Golf, well, of course you can drink beer when you play that, but I take it pretty seriously, and I'm quite good at that. And I'm a good swimmer, and I used to compete in windsurfing.
Téa: Not to sound like a whore, but I've been with... I've worked with... some very attractive men. Nick Cage... Al Pachino... Ben Stiller... and Woody Allen.
Téa: (on her marriage to David Duchovny) The best thing about marriage is David.
Téa: I don't do T&A very well because I haven't got much of either.